The Toronto-based Star Trek: Discovery will be taking a two-week break out of “an abundance of caution.”
Disco goes on break
Late Friday Deadline reported (and confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter and Variety) that production on Discovery was halted due to a “Zone A individual” coming into contact with someone who tested positive with the COVID-19 virus earlier in the week. (Zone A individuals are defined as “key cast and production members in direct contact with them.”) Contact tracing identified just a single contact with one person not associated with the production, and it happened outside of Pinewood Studios in Toronto where Discovery is filmed.
The Zone A individual will be in quarantine for two weeks. Production should restart on May 6. Discovery began production on season four last November and should wrap up this summer. No one else in the cast or crew was required to go into quarantine.
Toronto has been experiencing a new surge in Coronavirus cases and the city is currently under a stay-at-home order. Earlier in the month, CBS protocols detected a positive test for a guest actor set to appear in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which is also shot in Toronto but at CBS Stages Canada. In that case, those who had contact with the actor were quarantined and production continued.
According to Deadline, Discovery season four is expected to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2021.